The governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, has described the invasion of the residence of a former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, by the State Security Services as a sign of the return to the days of military dictatorship in Nigeria.
While condemning the action on Friday in Ado-Ekiti, Mr. Fayose said it sounded strange that the former NSA could be so maltreated through military action over a flimsy excuse of refusing to honour a summon by the SSS.
“Persecution of Peoples Democratic Party stalwarts and others perceived as opposed to the All Progressives Congress federal government is an ominous sign of imminent return of dictatorship and draconian rule in Nigeria,” the governor said.
He, however, said the action by the SSS may not have received the backing of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“If this is being done by some people to please the president, he should check the excesses of those behind it and call them to order because over-zealousness by those that are close to the president is inimical to the image of the government,” he said.
“Rather than invading homes of Nigerians and putting people under house arrest, the government should invade Boko Haram territories and arrest the insurgents.”
Mr. Fayose said he was sad that democracy was already being put on trial less than two months of President Buhari’s administration.
“President Buhari should rather keep Boko Haram under house arrest, not opposition party members,” he added.
“Those heavily armed security men that invaded Col. Dasuki’s Abuja and Sokoto homes should have been put to a better use by sending them to the Boko Haram ravaged North Eastern part of Nigeria.”
The governor also condemned the persecution of Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, saying the plot to remove from office was dangerous to democracy.